From the Fishouse– Pineda Audio

October 4, 2010

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What do you think of reading his poems vs. hearing them?  I really enjoyed the audio clips of Brooks, but, I almost prefer to read Pineda.

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Gwendolyn Brooks Reading

October 4, 2010

I bought a book called Poetry Speaks the other day at Borders, and it had 3 tracks of Gwendolyn Brooks reading. I wish there were more, I like her voice a lot. I have already listened to We Real Cool at least 20 times. I am being hypnotized by it…

A Song In The Front Yard A Song in the Front Yard

Kitchenette Building Kitchenette Building

We Real Cool We Real Cool

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L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Poetry

October 3, 2010

Dont mind me. I’m just trying to figure out how to make a wiki page.

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Workshop Poetry

October 3, 2010

I’m not sure about anyone else, but I feel their is a huge difference in the poetry that we read in our literature classes from famous poets, and those we read from students who have just finished their MFA. Prof. Scanlon titles this poetry “workshop poetry” and I believe rightly so. While reading the first part of John Pineda’s book “The Translator’s Diary” I was very aware of the difference between his and the other poetry that we’ve read so far. If the book hadn’t been organized and titled, I might greatly have been confused as to what the poet was even talking about–a coma. The poem’s flow well together, but if they were published separately they would lose much of their weight. I am currently working on an independent study that revolves around a series of poems that speak to one another, and so am very invested in the issue of whether or not a poem stands on its own  like the series of sonnets that we read part of by Gwendolyn Brooks “The Womanhood.” Each of these sonnets can stand in solitude, yet when read together they delve deeper into Brooks’ intended overarching themes. I do not think that Pineda’s poetry does the same.

Anyone care to agree or disagree?

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Thanks, everybody

October 1, 2010

I enjoyed our first round of interpretive readings very much.  I’m glad that I didn’t read along—the poems literally jumped off the page at me, fresh and alive.  Even with poems I had read before, the interpretive performances were like “meeting” the poems again, but in someone else’s voice, not my own and not the poet’s.  I really appreciate all the readers’ insights and analyses.  Everyone was so open, so willing to reveal what the poems called out in them.  I’m looking forward to the next round.

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Allen Ginsberg in my brain

September 30, 2010

Last night I had a dream about Allen Ginsberg.  We were in an insane asylum and the people who ran it hated him and persecuted him because he defied everything they stood for and every rule.  We became friends and it was neat.

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Interpretive Presentations THURSDAY

September 28, 2010

People, my brain is slush.  Despite reminding myself this weekend about it, in class I forgot utterly that interpretive presentations are Thursday.  The following students are scheduled to perform:  Debbi, Chelsie, Landon, Matt, Everett, Amanda, Will, Jessica, Christine, and Katherine.  Review the syllabus to remind yourself of my expectations (including TIME).

I am attaching here the assessment sheet that I will use to grade your performance and the accompanying paper you will submit.  PLEASE use it in planning your work.  int perf assess

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No Children

September 28, 2010

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This is an incredibly sarcastic and spiteful song by the Mountain Goats, and Brooks’ poem made me think about it.  It’s about a man and his wife who, according to the title, had no children and their relationship crashed and burned.  Despite the immense hatred portrayed in the lyrics, the song offers an interesting viewpoint on the general life of people who have no children.  It matches with the “mail of insolence” and “waving their spirits hence/ Without a trace of grace” that Brooks mentions.  However, the song lacks the glorification of having no children and the pure perishing, of people to care about other than oneself.

I think people have problems no matter what their lot in life is.  Especially the speaker in this song.

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Are you kidding me?

September 28, 2010

AND I forgot to put on “Riders to the Blood-red Wrath” (115-118).   What’s happening to me?!  If you’re digging Brooks and wanted more of her later BAM poetry, check it out.

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Political Poetry

September 27, 2010

Just saw this article and found it interesting to see poetry’s role in a country other than ours. It seems as though poetry isn’t dead as a political act in other places…

Enjoy!

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